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Community Foundation Announces Grant to Roanoke Outside

Roanoke, VA (December 15, 2020) – Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia announced today it has awarded a grant of $10,000 to Roanoke Outside to support  Project Outside, a new community fund created by businesses, governments, and individuals to support outdoor capital projects, maintain key outdoor assets, and help launch and support business in the outdoor sector.
 
Pete Eshelman, Director of Roanoke Outside said, “This pandemic has created a lot of firsts for our community, including first time outdoor users. While we should be celebrating this, it is actually generating a lot of unanticipated wear and tear on already over-taxed trails, greenways, and rivers. The Community Foundation grant to Project Outside will allow for quick maintenance of key regional outdoor assets, investment in new outdoor infrastructure projects, and support for outdoor businesses and initiatives impacted by COVID.”
 
Michelle Eberly, the Foundation’s Director of Grants & Donor Engagement added, “The Roanoke Valley is so fortunate to have such an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities for the community to take advantage of, and this fund will ensure that these assets are maintained and enjoyed for many years to come.”
 
This particular project fits within the Foundation’s Cultural and Community Enhancement focus area and was funded out of unrestricted Community Catalyst Funds which support a wide range of important local needs.
With close to 370 endowed funds, $90 million in outright assets, and $135 million in future estate commitments, Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia continues to work diligently to connect philanthropic resources with important community needs. Individuals interested in establishing their own personal or family legacy through an unrestricted endowment or any of the many other types of endowment funds offered by the community foundation should visit www.cfwesternva.org or call (540) 985-0204.